Entering its third season, The Field Kitchen at Camus Farm is firmly established as a West Cork destination for seekers of special dining experiences. As an organic farm, sustainability, biodiversity and animal welfare are at the heart of everything on the 30-acre property. The award-winning restaurant offers an authentic field-to-fork experience, with much of the produce served, grown or reared on the farm.
There is a short walk from carpark to Field Kitchen, with a set down bay at the restaurant available for the less mobile. This walk is referred to as ‘the first course’, as it is a feast for the eyes and ears, up the ‘botharín’ that is lined with lush hedgerows and maturing trees and home to numerous birds and butterflies.
The vegetables, grown in a walled garden and two large polytunnels, are harvested hours before service to ensure maximum freshness. When Camus Farm Dexter Beef is on the menu, it will be from 100 per cent grass-fed cattle, and aged for at least 28 days. Over winter, the cattle are fed farm-made hay, saved over the summer months each year. The menu is complemented by local craft beers on draught and an extensive old world wine list featuring small scale producers. Vegetarians, vegans and special dietary requirements are welcome.
The gallery in the restaurant showcases the work of local professional artists and crafters.
Just beyond the restaurant, there are nature trails to explore with panoramic views over Clonakilty Bay, or get up close to the suckler herd of native Irish Dexter Cattle.
Water is drawn from the Camus Farm well, free from the tastes and odours associated with mains water. Solar thermal panels contribute to the hot water and solar photovoltaic panels contribute to the electrical power. The small amount of food waste generated by the restaurant is composted on-farm and used to improve the soil.
The business employs four people full-time, rising to over twenty in the summer months. Anyone interested in joining the team is welcome to get in touch.
Camus is a venue for ceremonies, celebrations and gatherings with the option for overnight camping. With seating for up to 100 indoors and a further 100 outdoors, larger groups and all weathers are catered for.
Plans for the annual ‘Fair Days’ music event are well underway for the August public holiday weekend. Following the hugely successful ‘Christmas Craft Fair’, plans are also underway for a ‘Summer Makers Market’. Follow on Instagram @camusfarmfieldkichen to keep up to date.
Reservations are essential at the Field Kitchen as the food is harvested and prepared to order. Summer opening hours are from 6pm, Thursday to Saturday, and from 12noon Sunday. To book online or purchase gift vouchers visit fieldkitchen.ie or call 086 826 3429.